FTA urges government to approve A303 upgrade

With the deadline for the decision on improving the A303 past Stonehenge approaching on the 17 July, Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for Road Infrastructure at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) comments:

“FTA is urging the government to decide in favour of the A303 improvement scheme; this initiative is vital to solving the reliability, congestion and safety issues along this corridor. The UK needs efficient and effective road transport networks to function properly, but the issues with the A303 have long blighted economic and social growth in the region. The plans, which include dualling of the remaining single carriageway sections and the creation of a tunnel by Stonehenge, would significantly improve infrastructure in the South West while supporting tourism and the respecting the region’s heritage by removing the busy road from view of the monument. With the A303 such a crucial corridor for both the tourism and logistics industries, it must be fit for purpose and able to support both sustainably and effectively. FTA has been campaigning for several years to see this scheme come to fruition; now, we urge the government to make the right decision for the future of the South West.”